Monday, April 14, 2014
We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
Author: E. Lockhart
Publication: May 13, 2014
By: Delacorte Press
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A beautiful and distinguished family.
A private island.
A brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate, political boy.
A group of four friends—the Liars—whose friendship turns destructive.
A revolution. An accident. A secret.
Lies upon lies.
We Were Liars is a modern, sophisticated suspense novel from National Book Award finalist and Printz Award honoree E. Lockhart.
And if anyone asks you how it ends, just LIE.
Thank you Random House, Delacorte Press and Netgalley for this eARC.
This is one of those stories that is really hard to review because I don't want to spoil anything!
I went into this with certain expectations. The title lends itself to so many different interpretations but this wasn't anything I imagined it would be either in plot or prose. I did consider DNF'ing it because trying to get a grasp of Cadence's often bizarre and seemingly endless stream of consciousness gave me a migraine. Speaking of which, as a migraine sufferer myself, I thought the descriptions of hers were spot on!
But the story moves fast and is intriguing enough that I decided to keep reading and I'm really glad I did. I hit the halfway mark around midnight and by the time I finished at 1:30a.m., I was huddled in my bathroom sobbing into a towel so I wouldn't wake my husband up. The twist, which I did not see coming AT ALL completely gutted me. It was creative, compelling and kicked me in the feels both as a reader and a parent.
The one thing that stuck out most about We Were Liars is how, despite the way this turns out, and how much it affected me, there was still a lightness to it. That probably doesn't make a whole lot of sense, but for me to explain it would be to ruin it, so you'll just have to read it for yourself. ;)
Favorite Quote(s): "I'll be fine, they tell me.
I won't die.
It'll hurt a lot."
Review also posted at YABC.